Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright turquoise shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium sky blue with a pearly sheen. This kind of blue makes me think of a “warm” blue but it’s still not warm-toned–but it’s almost as if this is the closest blue can be to being warm. Sugarpill Afterparty is darker and less shimmery. UIrban Decay Unhinged is darker, cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #25 is lighter, more silver-ish. Maybelline Tenacious Teal is slightly darker. MAC Blue Candy is bluer and more matte. Urban Decay Clash is brighter and has slight sparkle. theBalm Great Gonzo is very similar.

Peace is fantastic!  It’s richly pigmented with true-to-pan color.  The texture is soft, buttery, and dense, so it feels like silk and glides on like butter.  The color is easy to blend and apply, and there were no issues with fall out or fading during wear.  It lasted a full nine hours when I tested it without fading or creasing.   It’s been really fun discovering more of Urban Decay’s permanent range, because it reminds me of why Urban Decay eyeshadows are so popular.

I really wish Urban Decay sold just pans of their eyeshadows. As I was getting the official color description to write the review, I kept thinking, “People would own so many more of these if they were sold as pans for like $13.” I also think more brands need to discount if you buy in bulk; like if you bought five or ten at once!

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Peace

Temptalia Recommends
A+
Peace is a great blue with excellent color payoff, a fantastic texture, and long-wear. It's a perfect shade for summer!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, May 10th, 2013

Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pearlized peach.” It’s a warm-toned, golden peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. bareMinerals Aspire is more orange, darker, and a powder eyeshadow. MAC Angel Flame has a slight pink tone to it and is a powder eyeshadow. bareMinerals Stealth is more orange, matte, and a powder eyeshadow. Buxom Collie is more beige, less orange/peach, but is, at least, a cream product.

Pink Haze ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pink with peach tones and gold pearl.” It’s a pink bronze–pink, warm, slightly coppery–with a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Magnetic Attraction is redder, less pink (and a powder). MAC In the Sun is browner (and also a powder). MAC Red Hot Copper is much redder, more coppery. MAC Mythical is browner and a powder eyeshadow. Chanel Abstraction is more glittery and less warm-toned. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 is pinker, less warm-toned (and a powder). MAC Jete is similar when this is applied sheerly. Make Up For Ever #16 is more metallic, so it also appears quite a bit lighter.

Tom Ford managed to create a cream eyeshadow formula that is so lightweight that it looks and feels more like a mousse than a true cream eyeshadow. It’s not thick or solid like a lot of cream eyeshadows, and instead, it is movable and can slide around the pot if you tilt it. And applied? My goodness, it’s impressive. It glides on like butter, spreads evenly and smoothly over the lid, and blends out effortlessly–and then it sets and sticks around for twelve hours perfectly. No flaking, smudging, fading, or creasing whatsoever. It was impressive from the color payoff–totally opaque but just as easily sheered out by using less–to the texture to the wear. It felt like magic on.

I feel like it spun magic around me for feeling like it is worth the cringe-inducing price tag, but I would buy it. This, I would buy (and honestly, I considered buying one as a backup, but I managed to talk myself out of that). I wouldn’t buy just any shade, but if it was the right shade for your skin tone, it just might be worth the splurge. (For reference, both of these are absolutely stunning on warm, medium complexions!)

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Escapade

Temptalia Recommends
A+

It was impressive from the color payoff--totally opaque but just as easily sheered out by using less--to the texture to the wear. It felt like magic on.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Pink Haze

A+

Of the two shades, this is the most dupable and not as versatile, because it is a darker, more burnished shade. The quality, though, was truly remarkable and if it's your price point or a shade you'd use all the time, worth investing in.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Bender Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “forest green metallic with gold micro-glitter.” It’s a darkened, forest green with subtle yellow-olive undertones and cool-toned, forest green and khaki shimmer. It can also be found in the (somewhat) recently released Book of Shadows Vol. 4. Sugarpill Junebug is more metallic. L’Oreal Golden Emerald is warmer, more frosted. OCC Poison is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Humid is warmer. Make Up For Ever #310 is more frosted. Inglot #418 is greener, lighter.

Bender is incredibly rich in color–it has amazing color payoff.  The texture is soft, smooth, and buttery, which helps it yield so much pigment in a single swipe, but it also helps with making this a cinch to blend.  It just applies so well, blends easily, and goes on with true-to-pan color.  Bender has all the characteristics that made Urban Decay’s eyeshadows famous.  When I wore it, the shade lasted nine hours without creasing or fading.

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Bender

Temptalia Recommends
A+
Bender has all the characteristics that made Urban Decay's eyeshadows famous. If you're in the market for a darker green, definitely give Bender a look-see!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Illamasqua Harem Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Harem Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Harem Nail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright mauve pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium lavender-pink with blue undertones and a creamy finish (almost looks like a jelly, because it has a plush, squishy look to it). MAC Vagabondage is pinker and darker. MAC Saint Germain is pinker. MAC Pinkly Fresh is lighter, grayer. MAC Ice Cream Cake is darker and pinker. Essie French Affair is softer, pinker.

I was totally surprised that I couldn’t think of any dupes for Harem–it pulls very lavender/lilac, but there’s still quite a bit of pink in it, so it’s neither lavender nor your expected cotton candy pink. The formula is excellent; no streaking, pooling, or bubbling. It applied fluidly and evenly, and it was fully opaque after two coats of polish (nearly opaque in a single coat, actually). It dries to a glossy finish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin (just right). Illamasqua really nailed the formula of their latest shade releases–I continue to be impressed (but still sad over the recent price increase!). I typically get at least seven days of fantastic wear out of their formula, but I’ve worn many shades as long as fourteen days with minor tip wear but no chipping.

P.S. — The brush was splayed on this one, but I don’t remember having this issue on any of the other Nail Varnishes I’ve swatched (and there have been a fair number) so it’s either never happened or seldomly happened, so I think this is just a one-off.

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Harem

A+
Illamasqua really nailed the formula of their latest shade releases--I continue to be impressed (but still sad over the recent price increase!). Excellent formula, pigmentation, and wear.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

MAC Sun Dipped Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder
MAC Sun Dipped Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder

MAC Sun Dipped Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder ($30.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as a “dirty red tone.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark tan brown with a slight gray cast and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Illamasqua Disobey is warmer and matte. MAC Golden is lighter.

Sun Dipped is just as fantastic as Nude on Board, which is always a good sign, because consistency is really an underrated characteristic. It has the same creamy, buttery, silky-smooth texture that elevates this product from good to great. The pigmentation is buildable, as described, and can be applied sheerly, semi-sheerly, or more moderately. This particular shade almost has a shadowy tint to it, so it might work as a contour for some (though I hesitate to mention that, because it is shimmery and contour powders tend to be more matte, but as this blends out, the shimmer turns into a very subtle sheen so it looks rather natural). When I wore Sun Dipped yesterday, it wore well for a full nine hours and only had slight fading after ten hours.

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Sun Dipped

A+
The texture is phenomenal; so soft and silky but never powdery. It sits well on the skin and looks natural. Plus, it wears well!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Zoya Destiny Nail Lacquer
Zoya Destiny Nail Lacquer

Zoya Destiny Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral metal sparkle” with a Pixie Dust finish. It’s a warm-toned, coral-orange with gold sparkle and shimmer with a sparkly, textured finish. It’s this finish that makes it hard to dupe (at least for the moment!), and while looking through corals for something that at least had the shimmer/sparkle factor, there wasn’t much! Zoya Myrta is all orange and less sparkly. Nubar Sun Gold is a duochrome that goes from gold to copper with a coral-hued base, so it has a similar “feel” in a way, but it’s just not enough to be a dupe. Zoya Tanzy has a lot of sparkle and glitter, but it’s more metallic, more orange, less of a coral.

I’ve found some of the Pixie Dust polishes to be mostly opaque in two, but Destiny is one that does need the three thin coats as Zoya recommends (and since they clearly state that, it’s totally fine!). It seemed rather opaque to me when I was photographing, but once I opened the photos, I was able to see a hint of visible nail line. Without a top coat, it’s textured, sparkling, and a mixture of matte and metallic. With a top coat, it looks like a shiny, sparkling coral. I like that you can get to two distinct looks out of it, and the top coat doesn’t impair the way it looks or behaves. Zoya’s Pixie Dust formula wears incredibly (and impressively) well for a full seven days with no chipping and only minor tip wear–and the tip wear is more like it dusting off at the edge, but it’s not as noticeable as normal tip wear.

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Destiny

A+
Zoya's Pixie Dust formula wears incredibly (and impressively) well, plus it's nicely pigmented, easy to apply, and versatile.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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